There are so many cars and so many “safe car advisors” when it comes to young drivers. New drivers feel an immediate sense of independence with their first car, but it also comes with a ton of responsibility and expenses. The TOP SAFTEY PICK may not be in the budget for your teen’s vehicle. In a recent IIHS (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) national phone survey conducted on parents of teen drivers, 83 percent of parents bought their teenagers used cars that met the important safety criteria for teen drivers. These prices can range from $2000 to $20,000 to get the best safety for the money when purchasing a new teen driver a vehicle.

Safety for teens is important and the guidelines include many factors for the young drivers, here are a few key rules:

  • Young drivers should stay away from vehicles with “high horsepower.” They can be easily tempted to test the limits of speed or not know how fast they are really going when on the highway.
  • Heavier and larger vehicles are much safer to protect your teen in a crash. HDLI (Highway Loss Data Institute) analysis of car insurance data shows that teens are less likely to crash a larger and heavier vehicle.
  • Safety ratings are key for teens—they should have four to five stars from the NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration) along with a minimum of “good” ratings in the IIHS overlap front, side and head restraint tests.
  • ECS (Electronic Safety Control) is an important feature for your teen’s vehicle to help the new driver maintain control of the vehicle on curves and slippery roads, reducing the risk at levels comparable to safety seatbelts.
  • A backup camera is also a useful tool that can help avoid a fender bender. Most new and used cars are equip with back up cameras to aid in parking and avoiding pedestrians when backing up.
  • One of the best tips is simple—read the reviews of all of the cars you are interested in for your teen and ask your car sales representative for suggestions on new and used vehicles for the young driver.

Hopefully these tips can help you purchase a safe and affordable vehicle for your new teen driver. If you have any questions you can contact us a The New Holland Auto Group at 877-217-8936.